In the wake of the news that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not be ready to start the regular season when the puck drops on October 1st, the Edmonton Oilers are now officially thin at the centre position.
This is nothing new but with the uncertainty of Nugent-Hopkins and when he would be ready to return to the lineup, the Oilers depth at the faceoff position was in limbo. Nothing was done to potentially replace Nugent-Hopkins for the short-term and now with GM Craig MacTavish stating that number 93 could miss all of October, worse case scenario, the need to fill the holes at center has again risen to the forefront on the priority list.
What is the best move for the Oilers at this stage of the calendar year? Training camp is on the horizon and while it offers to be competitive and full of emotion, it may not hold the best answer to the center dilemma. Let’s take a look at the options that the Oilers have to replace Nugent-Hopkins at centre for the short-term.